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Course Review: The Bitfountain iOS 8 with Swift Immersive

This is second big iOS learning project. For first one read iOS Programming book review. As I only have two of them done I have to compare them somehow.

I am mindful that it took me a really long time to finish it (since last autumn). For a couple of months this year I didn't even have the internet to learn it, so it could not be helped. But last half of the June I've spent watching the videos every day and managed to finish it before any new internet problems.

So how was it?
In my opinion, it's great if you're starting out. There are a lot of basics, and seeing how to do things in XCode just makes your learning much easier than looking at the photos in the book. On the other hand, learning is more shallow and it is much easier to just follow the videos and learn only the basics without bigger picture about iOS SDK. I somehow missed more challenging exercises (even though I don't like to do them ;)

Length:
Course it pretty long but many videos are quite short (1-2…

Book Review: Think Like a Freak (Freakonomics #3) by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

I was curious what this book is about, and what it might be to think like a freak. Unfortunately, I knew most of the stories or they were ordinary. I liked them, but they were not what I expected.

The story about Takeru Kobayashi is the only one about real life freak and how he thinks, this one was great.

Most of the ideas were about overcoming cognitive biases and using data to make decisions. Thinking small and having fun are important to keep you motivated.

All in all it was my first audiobook - I have enjoyed listening to it - unfortunately it ended too soon - it's really short one.

Rating: 6/10

Book Review: The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Drawing was on my list of things I want to know how to do for a long time. A year ago I've seen a nice recommendation of this book saying that the science in it is not worth reading, but the exercises are great.

I have to admit that I skipped the exercises in last chapters - basically I don't have crayons or pastels and I don't want to buy them right now. Besides that, I have learned a lot.

Exercises were really hard for me, even sitting and drawing for an hour was really hard. Fortunately in the end I have set a goal to myself to finish it in June. Without that specific goal, it would probably never happen.

After finishing my self-portrait in chapter 10 and comparing it to the one before the book I was amazed. Don't get me wrong, the people on both on them don't resemble me, but the third one at least looks like a person.

Most of what I learned about drawing would be something I would consider "cheating". I though that artists just happen to sit and mak…

Book Review: The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

It is a good read - especially after giving up on The Sword of Truth series. I can say that I enjoyed it, especially closer to the end as the action moves slowly. End of the book was much better and I had a hard time to put the book off t go to sleep. I liked the characters and they seem real and thinking for themselves. But Jezel - while he grows throughout the book is just annoying.

Most of the book while helps us learn the characters does not move the action at all. I feel like the first book is only the introduction to the book as almost nothing happens.


Rating: 6/10